Seriously, where has this series been all my life? I loved
I loved The Ten Thousand. I feel that Paul Kearney has such a good grasp on writing technical and very gritty battle scenes. Some of the best military fantasy I’ve read were in the pages of The Ten Thousand. Above all, though, I grew to love Rictus and the men he led home.
Corvus shows Rictus after more than twenty years since he returned home with the Ten Thousand. We find that he really is a family man and he has done well for himself since he returned. He still has a thirst for battle and regularly leads his men to various contracts throughout the Macht region. But a man is conquering that region. A young man named Corvus who would see himself as ruler of the Macht. After some convincing, he plays on Rictus’ desire for glory to get the help of the famous mercenary company to help in his exploits.
I had a hard time believing that Paul Kearney could top The Ten Thousand. I really loved that book and felt it was a complete package. The thing that makes Corvus better, is the added family elements. I won’t say too much for fear of spoilers, but Rictus’ family and their plot line really added something special to the pages of this story. It’s well written as the first one was and the battles are even bigger and fiercer than The Ten Thousand. There are plenty of new faces in Rictus’ horde to root for and I really felt that this book was even stronger than the first. I was very engaged and look forward to reading Kings of Morning.
About the Author: Paul Kearney was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in 1967. He went to a local grammar school, and then to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Middle English
Shortly after leaving Oxford, he went on a solitary climbing trip to the Isle of Skye, and it was after tumbling off a mountain there that the character of Michael Riven first came to him. The first half of The Way to Babylon was composed shortly after, and taken up by the literary agents Campbell, Thomson & McLaughlin. Richard Evans at Victor Gollancz bought the book, and Gollancz then published Kearney’s next seven books, including the Monarchies of God series.
In the eight years subsequent to the publication of The Way to Babylon, Kearney lived in Copenhagen, New Jersey, and Cambridgeshire, but at present he makes his home a stone’s throw from the sea in County Down, with his wife, two dogs, a beat-up old boat, and far too many books.